I am very close to purchasing the Northeaster dory kit and I've seen it written on this forum that it doesn't require any gains cutting (as an advantage over the skerry which does). Interestingly, I purchased the manual and there is a step for cutting a 4'' gain on planks 2, 3 and 4. Any insights on this? How tricky is cutting gains? I am much more concerned with the woodworking element of building than with the epoxy (as I have a little experience working with the stuff for my sailing club).
Finally, any advice for a first time builder that you feel might not have been covered in the manual or on the site? Thanks!